Downtown Kitchener businesses react to Google layoffs

Some downtown Kitchener organizations said they are not as well stressed about a current news of layoffs at Google.

The tech titan informed personnel in mid-January it would certainly be laying off 12,000 employees. On Monday, the company sent alerts to affected Canadian staff members.

It’s not understood precisely the amount of approximately Waterloo shed their task, however a number of previous staff members that worked at the Kitchener place validated online that they were impacted by the cuts.

” While we can not talk about specifics, Canada stays a vital priority market for Google,” Lauren Skelly, a spokesperson for Google Canada claimed in an email.

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Cora Kuehl, the front of home manager at Cafe Pyrus in downtown Kitchener, claimed Google does not appear to compose a lot of their customer base. Kuehl said much of their customers work in the technology sector, however at locations within their building or various other parts of midtown.

“I seem like our cafe has a specific niche group of individuals that can be found in. I feel like if individuals want to be available in, they’re still going to can be found in,” Kuehl stated.

“Despite having Google discharges happening, I do not believe that’s mosting likely to quit any various other technology companies from still visiting our cafe,” Kuehl stated.

When it comes to selling a house in midtown Kitchener, a real estate agent said having Google in the community is a selling point for some consumers, yet more often it’s the total opportunity that the tech sector around Waterloo offers that gets people buying a building.

“Obviously, Google has even more of an international existence that individuals are aware of. However when you to talk about all these various other startups and also all these use boards and also points like that, that are here,” Shawn Ramautor, sales rep, Royal LePage Wolle Real Estate.

According to Ramautor, much of the buyers that transfer to the area have skills that can be used in multiple markets. He doesn’t anticipate the layoffs to have a long-term result.

“We have to recall as well as take into consideration what took place in the mid 2000’s when edge announced their closures and all of the spin off and also start-ups started, because of all these brightest and also finest individuals since are searching for job,” Ramautor said.

The president of the Canadian Council of innovators, claimed he’s already begun obtaining calls from CEOs wanting to get in touch with the former Google staff members and also is positive they’re mosting likely to find jobs and also stay in the community.

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